Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Our daughter is a night owl, I'm afraid.

Or is it too early to know?

She wakes up to eat around midnight and then doesn't fall back asleep till 2 or 3 a.m. Tonight's the fourth night she's acting like this. She's not crying, she just lies there with her eyes wide open, looking around, dreamy and sleepy, but not enough to actually sleep and dream.

I'm a night owl myself, and right now it's an advantage: it's relatively painless for me to wake up any time until after 8 a.m., to change and feed Marta. After 8 a.m., however, I'm a zombie, until 10 or 11 a.m.; that's when I have the dreams that are as vivid as movies.

To be a night person in real life isn't nice, though, and I really hoped that Marta would escape my fate. Now it looks like she hasn't.


  1. i think visual and auditory hallucinations brought on by sleep deprivation are simply a part of being a parent. my kids are 4,6,and 7 and i still can't seem to get past the sleep deprivation thing. seems like most nights something pops up with one or more of them. in fact i think they have secret meetings before bedtime to decide which one of them will keep mama and tato up at night. they take shifts. it's a conspiracy. yawn.

  2. Her periods of sleeplessness will switch around as time goes by. When my son was young like that he had to sit and look at Christmas lights every morning from around 4-6. Now he wants to eat a banana in the middle of the night then he goes back to sleep until morning.